Scientists Determined How Much Time We Need to Spend in Nature

A new study, from the University of Exeter Medical School, UK, and Uppsala University, Sweden, finds that 2 hours of being in nature — parks, forests, and beaches — is enough to boost the overall well-being.Scientists Determined How Much Time We Need to Spend in Nature

To check their hypothesis, the team of researchers took data from the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey which were collected by conducting face-to-face interviews with 20,264 people.

Among the questions about the overall health, there were such questions as how much contact they had had with nature in the past 7 days, including “parks, canals, and nature areas; the coast and beaches; and the countryside including farmland, woodland, hills, and rivers.”

Study lead Dr. Mathew P. White comments: “Two hours a week is hopefully a realistic target for many people, especially given that it can be spread over an entire week to get the benefit.”

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